A poignant and hysterically funny comedy-drama that explores the tempestuous relationships between a New England matriarch and her family.
From the producers: Mary Frances has lived a good life; she's ninety years old and ready to die. Born to refugees fleeing the Armenian genocide, her last wish is to die peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Her dream collides with reality as three generations of explosive women flood her small New England home to battle for their family’s legacy. Mary Frances must navigate the volatile relationships of the children she raised - or die trying.
"Peace for Mary Frances" marks the debut of playwright Lily Thorne. The production stars veteran film and stage actress Lois Smith, known for her supporting roles in films including "East of Eden," "Five Easy Pieces," "Fatal Attraction," "Dead Man Walking," "Tumbleweeds' and "The Nice Guys." Smith received two Tony Award nominations for originating the role of Ma Joad in "The Grapes of Wrath" in 1990 and for the role of Halie in a revival of "Buried Child" in 1996. She also starred in an acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of "The Trip to Bountiful" in 2005 for which she received an Obie Award for Best Actress, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a Drama Desk Award. Smith is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Completing the cast are Johanna Day, Heather Burns, Natalie Gold, Mia Katigbak, Paul Lazar, Brian Miskell, Melle Powers and J. Smith-Cameron. Drama Desk winner Lila Neugebauer directs.
What's The New Group? Founded by Artistic Director Scott Elliott in the mid-90s, The New Group is an artist-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theater. Past productions include the original production of the Tony-winning musical "Avenue Q" in 2003, and the critically-acclaimed revival of David Rabe's "Hurlyburly" in 2005. More here.